South Korea and China look to improve ties after THAAD dispute

South Korea and China look to improve ties after THAAD dispute

The Chinese and South Korean leaders have informed that they were hoping for enhanced associations following one protracted disagreement on an anti-missile system’s deployment by the US which Beijing considers as a threat.

Moon Jae-in, the President of Korea told Xi Jinping, a Chinese leader that while either side may have felt discouraged towards one another for some time, their shared history and culture held them from becoming estranged completely.

On Monday, during a press conference, Xi described the bilateral associations as one substantial as well as influential relationship in the world.

The ties between northeast neighbours degraded in the year 2017 post Seoul accepted development of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in South Korea’s southern region. As per Beijing, the actual purpose of the system to utilize its strong radars in order to sneak deep in its territory instead of shooting down missile launches from North Korea.

China therefore introduced an unofficial cut off of everything from cultural products to visits of Chinese tourists to South Korea. But, ultimately, Beijing could not pressurize South Korea from withdrawing the THAAD system and so its anger seems to have suppressed a little amid the ongoing trade conflict with US.

Now, South Korea expects Xi to visit the country in 2020 and is eager to get Beijing use the strong influence it has along North Korean for beginning deadlocked denuclearisation discussions.


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